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Appropriate abridgement for middle/high schoolers
on November 14, 2012
I bought this to replace an unabridged book I used to own but ended up missing somewhere during my life. I bought it so that my pre-teen kids can read it after they developed an interest in the muscial stage version of "Les Mis" and I wanted the older one (8th Grader) to read the book before the movie comes out this Christmas. I've read the unabridged version years ago and found it quite verbose with Victor Hugo's dissertations on historical aspects of the plot (like Waterloo) and I didn't want my kids to become bored, so I wanted a condensed version that stuck more to the plot while retaining the sociopolitical message Hugo was trying to deliver. Even so, my 8th grader struggled to finish this version, but it was due to retention of some of those political rants, not reading difficulty (after skimming random parts of the book, I think it's still appropriate for advanced middle schoolers). I still recommend this version for both school reading or for recreational reading.